One of the biggest problems in care is cost. Long visits and efficient care increase any cost. Sometimes hospital visits can become so long that cost is driven up immensely. This may be sometimes necessary but in other cases, better coordination can prevent unneeded lengthy stays that increase cost and insurance issues.
The article, “How a hospital becomes a costly hotel for patients who can’t leave” from UCDavis Health looks at patients caught in limbo of the healthcare system. The article states,
“Extreme length of hospital stay – defined as 100 days or more – is not unusual at an academic medical center like UC Davis. A premature infant who requires intensive neonatal care to survive and thrive needs a lot of time in the hospital. The burn patient who needs specialized treatments, physical therapy and skin grafts often requires months of care, too. UC Davis Health has unique expertise for these types of lengthy, acute-care cases.”
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Please also review AIHCP’s Healthcare Case Management Program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Case Management.